\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) , especially New England ˈsu̇n\

Definition of soon

1 : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive
4 archaic : before the usual time
5 obsolete : at once : immediately

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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The clumps of brown seaweed that smell like rotten eggs and are causing disruptions along Florida’s Atlantic beaches won’t be going away anytime soon, a new study has found. Marcus Lim,, "Sargassum seaweed staying on our beaches — indefinitely, study says," 5 July 2019 But just because Arrowhead is thriving in the digital age doesn't mean more malls will go up anytime soon in the West Valley. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Arrowhead mall in Glendale is defying the odds. Here's the secret to its success," 5 July 2019 However, Caywood said private property signs will likely soon go up at the gate to more strictly enforce the closure. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Popular trail on private land near Eagle River’s Mount Baldy closed to the public," 4 July 2019 And that number will very likely go up, since Vanderpump Rules is likely not going anywhere anytime soon., "Here's How Much Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright Are Worth," 30 June 2019 Trade-war induced volatility isn't going anywhere soon and investors are going to have to come to terms with that, said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco. CBS News, "Best first half for U.S. stocks since dotcom era 20-plus years ago," 28 June 2019 But the passage of a very similar policy in California is yet another sign the idea isn’t going away anytime soon. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Gavin Newsom’s biggest accomplishment as governor yet: a $1.2 billion cash plan for the poor," 27 June 2019 The practice of gerrymandering doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon in Texas after the the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that federal courts cannot intervene to block partisan election maps drawn by state lawmakers, according to USA Today. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Supreme court decision points to blatantly gerrymandered districts, including those in Texas," 27 June 2019 The sale ends on June 29 at 8 p.m., so items will be gone soon. Sarah Brookbank,, "Want to snag rare Cincinnati Reds memorabilia? You only have 2 days left," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now
: in a short time after something happens
: in a quick way


\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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